6 Sep

cilantro food truck columbus

Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Cilantro is a Puerto Rican food truck that, as of now, can mainly be found in the Westerville area. It’s owner formerly ran Costelo’s, which was Columbus’ only Puerto Rican restaurant. Cilantro’s menu varies but includes a variety Puerto Rican dishes such as tripletas, pernil, empanadas, arroz con gandules. In addition to the Puerto Rican specials you’ll also find tacos, rice bowls, burritos and sandwiches. On the day we were there they were offering a chorizo and chicken (‘choripollo’) sandwich and their spin on a Cuban sandwich. Not offered on the day we visited was the tripleta, a Puerto Rican sandwich made with 3 different meats (usually pork, ham and beef).

puerto rican food truck columbus

We really liked the pernil special – tender, juicy Puerto Rican style roasted pork shoulder served with a generous side of rice and beans (arroz con gandules), salad and plantains. The plantains were served on the side and we were given both sweet plantains and tostones (savory plantain slices). All in all, a very hearty lunch for $10.

Cilantro food truck columbus

We also enjoyed the empanadas filled with a chorizo based filling (below) and the passion fruit juice.

puerto rican food columbus

If you are looking for Puerto Rican food in Columbus it’s definitely worth tracking down Cilantro, best done by following them on Facebook. The food is tasty and good value. The owner said that he can make other Puerto Rican dishes as special orders with advance notice.


6 Responses to “Cilantro”

  1. James Moore September 7, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Chef Brian is back! Wonderful. We made the trip from the far southside to Westerville several times a year to eat at the old store. I personally hope they have their special Tresleche cake sometime. The Empanadas are awsome too. Great to have Brian BACK!

  2. Cindy September 10, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I just read this review in more detail. So they have the pernil special often, just not always listed on their menu board. It is really delicious!

  3. Bobby Burgess December 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Amazing food the tripleta is good, Pirnil is off the hook. The mufungo is amazing, had it a few times in Puerto Rico and holds up to the island. Glad Brian is back I gotta have this place 1-2 times week a little bit of Puerto Rico in C-bus.

  4. Angie June 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    I am soooo glad I found this website. I was sad when I thought Costellos was closed. I think the location of their brick and mortar was not a good one. I’ll bet if they end up with a better location they would see much more success. This food rocks!

  5. Linsay Stearns March 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    This is the best Latin food truck out there. I had the grilled chicken burrito bowl. It was so tasty. I love the uniquely refreshing flavors this truck has to offer. One of my favorite food trucks in Columbus

  6. James Moore August 10, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    If you want the Mofongo you can call ahead and order it, it takes a while to make it. My favorite is the special Nachos (made with plaintains instead of chips)

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